Flu Season is here! Veterans protect yourselves and get a NO COST flu shot!
The cold and flu season is upon us and the Department of Veterans Affairs has once again teamed up with Walgreens Pharmacies nationwide to allow all veterans who are currently enrolled in the VA healthcare system to be able walk into any of the over 8000 Walgreens nationally (and the Duane Reade pharmacies in the New York metropolitan area) to receive a vaccination at no cost. Vaccinations will be available through March 31, 2018.
Veterans wishing to receive the no cost vaccination simply need to present a Veterans Identification Card and a photo ID, at any participating Walgreens to receive the vaccination. The Group ID is: VAFLU
In addition, after the Walgreens pharmacist administers the vaccine Walgreens will transmit that information securely to VA where it becomes part of the patient’s electronic medical record.
VA is committed to keeping Veteran patients healthy, and during this flu season, vaccination is the best way to prevent the spread of flu. No matter where you live, visit your local VA clinic or Walgreens to get a no cost flu shot.
Thank you, Inspector General Lyons, for bringing this to our attention.
Imagine losing $1,000 a month (the “average” disability check), $12,000 a year and $60,000 over a 5-year period ($120,000.00 if you push it to 10 years). That’s what’s happening to many of our Veterans because they don’t take the time to do the paperwork to file their claims or they don’t follow through to the end of the process. They may even think they are not eligible for disability. That’s what NABVETS is here for and our service is FREE.
Brothers and Sisters, go to your meetings to find out more about disability inquiries; and, take a friend. Support your chapters with your monthly (and annual) membership dues and attendance. Just as you were helped because your chapter had the money to assist you, help your chapter stay strong to assist other Veterans. We are stronger together, come join us. Be part of making the NABVETS a better and stronger organization. Let’s change the world starting with us.
Commander (Mr.) Connie McLauchlin
NABVETS Chapter #0014, Fayetteville, NC
Introducing Mike Moses, NABVETS Commander Chapter #0096 of Southern Maryland and his commitment to the veteran community and recent accomplishments representing the National Association for Black Veterans, Inc. (NABVETS) and his Chapter.
Throughout the Month of June 2017, he has received several Community Awards pertaining to his veteran activities and support as a NABVETS Chapter Commander. The Plaque(s) state, “You are presented these awards “in grateful appreciation and support on behalf of the veteran community for strengthening the ties between the veterans and public,”” we present to you this community gratitude from the list of public sponsors:
· Chairman Gilbert Bowing, Democratic Central Committee of Charles County.
· Senator Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., President of the Senate
· Senator Mack. Middleton, State of Maryland
· Congressman Steny H. Hoyer, Democratic Whip, House of Representatives
· Maryland Delegate Sally Jameson
· DAV State Commander, John Patterson, Department of Maryland
In addition, during his tenure with the Maryland Veterans Museum at Patriots Park, he created a short film advertisement about the Museum, which was entered in the College of Southern Maryland’s Film Festival Competition where he placed in the Amateur First Place Category. The film screening will play during the month of July at local Black Box Theaters in Indian Head, Maryland for a special Mini-fest.
Furthermore, as a NABVETS Chapter Commander, Mike was appointed by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan as World War I Commissioner until 2018. Under this umbrella he is in the process of creating, filming, and producing four (4) documentaries:
· Negro Participation During WWI and the Great Migration.
· Negro Baseball Team Southern Maryland.
· Triple Nickels Paratroopers/Jumpers (555), Sept. 2017 Dedication.
· War 1812 Negro Freedom and the Defeat of Napoleon.
Moreover, every Monday from 9AM to 12 Noon he meets with and interviews 20+ veterans at the Andrews Air Force Vet Center to educate, support and assist veterans pertaining to claims (DBQ, Nexus Letter & E-Benefits Fact Sheets) coupled with explaining the various types of support resources that are available for ALL veterans. Commander Mike Moses efforts in support of veterans expands 60+ volunteer hour’s monthly.
In conclusion, he is dedicated to the veteran population throughout and beyond Maryland’s boundaries. As Commander of NABVETS Chapter #0096, Mike Moses is a strong advocate for NABVETS and looks to excel in his efforts to support ALL the thousands of veterans throughout the three counties under the umbrella of his Chapter. With all that Mike does, he is ensuring that NABVETS is and always will be a powerful force present and future.
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Master Chief Othan “Nate” Mondy, NABVETS Region I Commander
It is my most humble responsibility to inform you that Master Chief Othan “Nate” Mondy, our Region I Commander, NABVETS, Inc., passed quietly on Monday, May 29, 2017.
Viewing of Nate will be on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 1600 – 1900 hours (4 – 7 PM), at the San Diego Funeral Service, 6334 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92115.
On Wednesday, June 14, 2017, beginning at 10:00 AM the final viewing of Master Chief Othan “Nate” Mondy, USN (Ret.), NABVETS, Inc., Region I Commander will commence prior to Formal Funeral Service beginning at 11:00 AM at the Linda Vista Second Baptist Church, 2706 Korink Ave, San Diego, CA 92111.
Service starts at 1330 hours (1:30 PM) at MIRAMAR NATIONAL CEMETERY, SAN DIEGO, CA, Telephone: (858) 658-7360.
The Repass for Master Chief Mondy will be held at the Tubman Chavez Center, commencing at 1400 – 1700 hours (2 – 5 PM), 415 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92114, including the military salutation, civilian and most astounding veterans advocacy in recognition of esprit de corps.
Bobby L. Myles, Funeral Arranger – If you have any questions, or need additional information or help, feel free to email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him any time @ 619 280 0101. Proudly serving those who served and their families.
“There is Power in Unity”
Can we “adopt” these rules in our everyday lives overseeing NABVETS in whatever position we may have?
The Sergeant Major Of The Army’s Top Ten Rules For Noncommissioned Officers
June 2, 2017 by Scott Faith – Posted in The Havoc Journal
Sergeant Major of the Army Dailey offered some powerful guidance for the “backbone of the Army,” the noncommissioned officers’ corps. In case you missed it the first time we posted it, here it is:
No. 1. Yelling doesn’t make you skinny. PT does.
If you’re not out there saluting the flag every morning at 6:30, you can automatically assume your soldiers are not. Soldiers don’t care if you’re in first place. They just want to see you out there. This is a team sport.
PT might not be the most important thing you do that day, but it is the most important thing you do every day in the United States Army. The bottom line is, wars are won between 6:30 [am] and 9 [am].
No. 2. Think about what you’re going to say before you say it.
I’ve never regretted taking the distinct opportunity to keep my mouth shut.
You’re the sergeant major. People are going to listen to you.
By all means, if you have something important or something informative to add to the discussion, then say it. But don’t just talk so people can hear you. For goodness sake, you’re embarrassing the rest of us. Sit down and listen. Sometimes you might just learn something.
No. 3. If you find yourself having to remind everyone all of the time that you’re the sergeant major and you’re in charge, you’re probably not.
That one’s pretty self-explanatory.
No. 4. You have to work very hard at being more informed and less emotional.
Sergeants major, I’ll put it in simple terms: Nobody likes a dumb loudmouth. They don’t.
Take the time to do the research. Learn how to be brief. Listen to people, and give everyone the time of day. Everyone makes mistakes, even sergeants major, and you will make less of them if you have time to be more informed.
No. 5. If you can’t have fun every day, then you need to go home.
You are the morale officer. You don’t have to be everyone’s friend, but you do have to be positive all the time. The sergeant major is the one everyone looks to when it’s cold, when it’s hot, when it’s raining, or things are just going south. Your job is to keep the unit together. That’s why you’re there. The first place they will look when things go bad is you, and they will watch your reaction.
No. 6. Don’t be the feared leader. It doesn’t work.
If soldiers run the other way when you show up, that’s absolutely not cool.
Most leaders who yell all the time, they’re in fact hiding behind their inability to effectively lead.
Soldiers and leaders should be seeking you, looking for your guidance, asking you to be their mentors on their Army career track, not posting jokes about you on the ‘Dufflebag blog’. That’s not cool. Funny, but it’s not cool.
No. 7. Don’t do anything — and I mean anything — negative over email.
You have to call them. Go see them in person. Email’s just a tool. It’s not a substitute for leadership. It’s also permanent.
You’ve all heard it. Once you hit ‘send,’ it’s official, and you can never bring it back. Automatically assume that whatever you write on email will be on the cover of the Army Times and all over Facebook by the end of the week. Trust me, I know this personally.
No. 8. It’s OK to be nervous. All of us are.
This happens to be my favorite. It came from my mother. My mom always used to tell me that if you’re not nervous on the first day of school, then you’re either not telling the truth, you either don’t care, or you’re just plain stupid. [Being nervous] makes you try harder. That’s what makes you care more. Once that feeling is gone, once you feel like you have everything figured out, it’s time to go home, because the care stops. Don’t do this alone. You need a battle buddy. You need someone you can call, a mentor you can confide in. Don’t make the same mistakes someone else has made. Those are the dumb mistakes. Don’t do this alone.
No. 9. If your own justification for being an expert in everything you do is your 28 years of military experience, then it’s time to fill out your 4187 [form requesting personnel action] and end your military experience.
Not everything gets better with age, sergeants major. You have to work at it every day. Remember, you are the walking textbook. You are the information portal. Take the time to keep yourself relevant.
No. 10. Never forget that you’re just a soldier.
That’s all you are. No better than any other, but just one of them.
You may get paid a little more, but when the time comes, your job is to treat them all fair, take care of them as if they were your own children, and expect no more from them of that of which you expect from yourself.
VA PRESS RELEASE Washington –
Elimination of Net Worth Makes More Veterans Eligible for Health Care
~~ The Department of Veterans Affairs is updating the way it determines eligibility for VA health care, a change that will result in more Veterans having access to the health care benefits they’ve earned and deserve.
Effective 2015, VA eliminated the use of net worth as a determining factor for both health care programs and co-payment responsibilities. This change makes VA health care benefits more accessible Read more
NABVETS FIGHTING FOR BLACK VETERANS IN AMERICA’S MOST SEGREGATED COMMUNITIES
Some people wonder why the “Nabvets- National Association for Black Veterans” was created in Milwaukee Wisconsin back in 1969. Well, it turns out that Milwaukee is one of America’s most segregated cities – it was then and it is now. And the consequences of Milwaukee’s form of Apartheid is seen in Wisconsin’s high incarceration of Black men (the highest percentage in the country), the joblessness of Black men (leads the country), and infant mortality (leads the country and is comparable to sub-Sahara African). To fight back, Black Veterans united under the tent of NABVETS. Today, 108 Chapters later, NABVETS is going strong. And, no matter the racial hotbed – Milwaukee, Benton Harbor, Cleveland, Little Rock….NABVETS continues to make an impact in cities across America.
AFRICAN AMERICANS, PROSTATE CANCER AND AGENT ORANGE
FACT: Veterans who develop prostate cancer and were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service do not have to prove a connection between their prostate cancer and service to be eligible to receive VA health care and disability compensation.
Prostate cancer is cancer of the prostate, a small gland in the male reproductive system. Some men may have urinary problems, but some men don’t have symptoms early on. If you have any health concerns, talk with your health care provider. The greatest risk factor for prostate cancer is increasing age. Other risk factors include having a father or brother with the disease and being African American. Prostate cancer is often first detected with a PSA (prostate-specific antigen) blood test or digital rectal exam. Talk with your health care provider about your risk and the pros and cons of screening.
To learn more about your rights as a veteran and to learn more about treatment, visit a local Veterans Administration medical facility or call the National Association for Black Veterans (NABVETS) at 1-877-NABVETS or email at email@example.com. VA Benefits Available to veterans and their family members:
- Veterans with prostate cancer who were exposed to herbicides during service may be eligible for disability compensation and health care. Veterans who served in Vietnam, the Korean demilitarized zone or another area where Agent Orange was sprayed may be eligible for a free Agent Orange registry health exam.
- Surviving spouses, dependent children and dependent parents of Veterans who were exposed to herbicides during military service and died as the result of prostate cancer may be eligible for survivors’ benefits.
A 2013 study conducted at the Portland VA Medical Center and Oregon Health and Science University found that Veterans exposed to Agent Orange are not only at higher risk for prostate cancer, but they are more likely to have aggressive forms of the disease.
Read the abstract for the publication, Agent Orange as a risk factor for high-grade prostate cancer. View more research on health effects of Agent Orange. – See more at: http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/conditions/prostate_cancer.asp#sthash.nNuThXQY.dpuf
Every now and then, there are men and women who so dedicate themselves to a cause that their lives become the very filament that defines that cause. In the case of NABVETS, the sweat and dedication of William Sims is the fiber upon which the expanding matter of NABVETS is built. In fact, there is no ground or air or space in the house of NABVETS where Mr. Sims has not stepped, slept, cleaned, prayed, smiled or cried. And in mutual accord, where only the magnificent mountains and the expansive sky dwell in comparison, Mr. Sims is surrounded by NABVETS and NABVETS is surrounded by Mr. Sims.
Mr. William Sims is a Founder of the Interested Veterans of the Central City (IVOCC), the precursor organization to NABVETS. Milwaukee is, of course, where Mr. Sims and other veterans legally incorporated IVOCC back in 1969. But, for Mr. Sims, the “founding” of IVOCC occurred not in the racist hot zone of Milwaukee but, rather, in the dangerous and forbidden black jungles of Vietnam. There, amid the toxic clouds of war, existed no unemployment, housing discrimination or income disparity. There was only widespread desperation, unimaginable fear, bloodshot hatred, equal access to suffering and fox holes – with everyone and everything in them. There, where suffering was so constant and normal, a young soldier could easily forget just how oppressed he was in the debilitating experience of Milwaukee’s urban ghetto; until, that is, he returned.
Mr. Sims, who had survived death more than once, came back to a Milwaukee African American community that was dying or, at least, badly hemorrhaging. The manufacturing jobs were leaving the city, taking with them the tax base and the middle class; and leaving in its wake joblessness and despair. In Vietnam, Mr. Sims was a Point Man for his unit, keeping them out of the path of danger and protecting them when danger was exposed. In Milwaukee, there was no Point Man for the African American community; it was getting hit from all sides and casualties were mounting. It is in this environment that Mr. Sims and six other Vietnam veterans dug themselves a proverbial fox hole from which to launch a counter-attack against urban blight, poverty and despair – they called this counter-attack, the IVOCC.
There is nothing simple about Mr. Sims: Before going off to war he was an artist and while a soldier he became an expert marksman, a Point Man and an ambush specialist; while in combat he wrecked great havoc and destruction upon the enemy but in peace he has been a creator of institutions that empower communities and given hope to many. And, yet, he remains humble: When recalling his time in Vietnam, Mr. Sims says that “I am here for a reason…God has a reason for me to be here…I’ve always felt that way.”
In 1973, Mr. Sims was standing at 14th and Atkinson talking with Mr. Robert Cocroft and Mr. Thomas Wynn (two other NABVET legends) about plans to convert the IVOCC into the National Association for Black Veterans (NABVETS). Mr. Sims recalls that as the three men spoke about the possibilities, he began to cry and cry, and cry…like a baby. He said he could not stop crying because he was overwhelmed at what NABVETS would mean to so many Black Veterans. He told Mr. Cocroft and Mr. Wynn that he would “dedicate the rest of his life” to building NABVETS and promoting its mission; and for the past 40 years he has done just that, with every fiber of his soul.
In addition to being a Founder of IVOCC and NABVETS, Mr. Sims is also a Founder of the Center for Veterans Issues, Inc. and the Eclipse Magazine. And he is not done yet: Mr. Sims recently started a web-based radio station, called the “Eclipse Radio”; he’s working to develop a NABVETS Community Development Credit Union; he recently completed an aquaponics project; and he is working on acquiring a building in Milwaukee to be the “Global Headquarters of NABVETS.” Between the Bingo games he organizes, you can usually find Mr. Sims at Vets Place Central eating his famous fried chicken with men and women veterans who may have been, not to long before the feast, homeless.
NABVETS salutes Mr. William Sims and his determined resolve, dedication and spirit for being a Champion for the rights of Black Veterans.